Polish Maria Andrejczyk decided to put up for auction the medal she won during the Tokyo Olympics for a charity: raising funds for a baby’s heart surgery.
The 25-year-old won the silver medal in the women’s javelin throw of the past Games, after a distance thrown of 64.61 meters. However, his dream may have been cut short in 2018 when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
The overcoming of this bone cancer made her a great athlete and a better person. She did not hesitate twice to support Miloszek, a baby of just 8 months who was born with a total anomalous pulmonary venous connection. Despite having no auction experience, Maria went ahead and posted the collection on her Facebook page.
The popular Polish supermarket chain, Zabka, was the one who bid the highest figure, becoming the winner of the auction after a bid of close to $ 53,000, in addition to donating an extra $ 41,000 for the noble cause.
In another gesture of kindness from Zabka stores, they chose to return the medal to Maria.
The cost of the surgery is around 390 thousand dollars, however, until the morning of this Tuesday it was reported that 90% of the total amount had already been collected, which translates to an amount of 351 thousand dollars.
María Andrejczuk set a national record during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after her 67.11-meter throw. Now in Tokyo 2020, she managed to be runner-up and support a baby to have a second chance.
“This medal can save lives instead of collecting dust in your closet,” said the athlete. It will be at Stanford Hospital in the United States where Miloszek will be operated on in the next few days.
Once again, sport shows us that the material takes second place and the most important thing will always be health.